A front-row seat at the People’s Hearing on Fair Redistricting

It was an interesting first day at work for me as I began my summer internship working for Common Cause North Carolina. I was told that I would be heading down to the legislative building in downtown Raleigh to attend and help conduct a “People’s Hearing on Fair Redistricting.”

Common Cause NC organized the people’s hearing with the purpose of offering North Carolinians the opportunity to voice their support for the passage HB200. I was asked to say a few words regarding redistricting and the need for reform in North Carolina. Continue reading

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Gerrymandering blocks the path for college students to engage in democracy

My parents moved from the greater New York area to New Hanover County in the summer of 2014. While I’ve only spent a total of eight months in Wilmington since moving, I feel great pride in being able to call it home. It’s a mix of coastline, industry and college campuses; traditional Southern values and a blossoming “hip” scene; areas that exist in pockets throughout the township.

Because of my association with Wilmington, I am tasked with speaking with my representatives from New Hanover County about Common Cause’s forthcoming court case challenging partisan gerrymandering in North Carolina. Continue reading

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Welcome to the new CCNC Democracy Blog

Common Cause NC is excited to have five outstanding interns working with us for the summer of 2017:

• Carl Gilmore of Hampden-Sydney College
• Noah Johnson of NC State University
• Matt Mengert of UNC-Chapel Hill
• Beñat Quartararo of UNC-Asheville
• Mary Rippe of UNC-Chapel Hill

Throughout their time with Common Cause NC, our terrific team of interns will contribute to this blog with insight into the vital issues we work on to protect and strengthen democracy in North Carolina.

We welcome Beñat, Carl, Mary, Matt and Noah to the CCNC team!


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